Gavin Devlin's playing days with Tyrone: A change of view

“He’s just a unique man. I always knew Mickey the manager; I always knew him, felt I always knew him. But it’s only in the last few years I’ve got to know Mickey the man."
IN the late ’90s/early ‘Noughties’ a rich Ardboe vein ran through the heart of Mickey Harte’s Tyrone team. Gavin ‘Horse’ Devlin was number six, Brian McGuigan number 11. These were the utopian years. Devlin and McGuigan made sweet music on a football field. The higher the stakes, the higher the notes they hit. When Devlin had the ball in his hands his natural instinct was to always look for McGuigan. He knew if he could find McGuigan the ball would be safe there. In any case, McGuigan was never hard to find. That was the innate beauty of [...]

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